Serious Pandemonium (I apologise!) at Edinburgh zoo at the moment. Loads of people zipping about rushing to see the Pandas with the gift shop bursting at the seams with Panda toys, jigsaws, tee-shirts…the list is endless.
People have always said there is something pretty special about Pandas and going to see them is a spiritual experience. That coupled with the fact there are only 2 or three pairs in Europe has seen Edinburgh zoo flourish. They expected an increase of up to 20% but actually that number has been closer to 60%.
It sounds selfish but It did feel a little crowded for me..but then the more money the zoo makes the more conservation work they can do. Plus it takes over a million pounds a year just to feed the Pandas!!
They are totally worth it!!
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! I just realised that the hotel wifi is too slow to upload photo’s so you will just have to wait till Monday!
I was excited to show you some awesome pics of the Pandas and even a video!!
(Also some other awesome animals too!!)
Did I find the ‘Panda experience a spiritual one’? Hmm.. I could see how it could be because they are just such chilled and relaxing animals but because they are so popular they need to do Panda tours where you are are sort of herded around with about 40 other people in the space of 20 minutes. There is a tour guide talking quite loudly and trying to be funny talking about ‘Panda super sperm’ !?
I would rather just chill next to the Pandas for a wee while like you can do with the other animals. All they pretty much do is eat and sleep but still they have a sort of magical quality. Maybe once the panda-mania has worn off a wee bit …in 9 years just before we have to send them back to China.. I will get the opportunity to do that! I did have a little while alone with them while the rest of the tour were being moved on to see their outdoor enclosure and it did feel pretty special…..
Going to the zoo and especially seeing Wee Michael (boy we look after sometimes) being so excited made me really happy; he got to ride on a safari bus and we saw loads of amazing animals. I always think being around animals is good for the soul and Edinburgh zoo, as it is a conservation one places more importance over the animals welfare than it does to the guests.. which I love!
Pics and hopefully vid to come on Monday!! :/